Pesticide residues in food

14 April 2020

Article: 54/1504

The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) has published its annual report on pesticide residues found in food in the European Union. The report is based on data from the official national control activities carried out by EU member states, Iceland and Norway and includes both targeted and random sampling.

A total of 91,015 samples were analysed in 2018, 95.5% of which fell within legally permitted levels. For the subset of 11,679 samples analysed as part of the EU-coordinated control programme (random collection), 98.6% of samples were within legal limits.

The report gives a snapshot of the presence of pesticide residues in food in the EU and any possible risk to consumer health. It also provides risk managers with information on which to base decisions regarding future control measures.

Source: EFSA, 2 April 2020